Corey Lopez guilty of strangling Richelle Best -- and she wasn't the first

Last July, Corey Lopez, age 23, was arrested for strangling girlfriend Richelle Best, ending the life of a much-loved woman who was just 21.

During the trial, Lopez's defense team insisted that the injuries that led to her death had been accidental. But these assertions didn't convince a jury, particularly given the flood of evidence against him -- including details about a previous strangulation attempt. Look below for the details, photos and more.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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